The Construction Innovation Hub is delighted to welcome the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) as a delivery partner.

Launched in October 2014, the CSIC industry-led team have been linking together businesses, university experts and public sector providers including Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to support businesses to deliver transformational change in construction.

The Construction Innovation Hub which launched late last year, brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). The Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and aims to be a catalyst for change, driving collaboration to develop, commercialise and promote digital and manufacturing technologies for the construction sector.

The two organisations will be working in close partnership to deliver a transformation in the construction sector right across the UK, including embracing modern methods of construction, sustainability and new digitally-enabled manufacturing and assembly technologies.

Construction Innovation Hub programme director, Keith Waller said:

A key part of delivering on our mission to be a catalyst for change will involve working closely with government departments, academia and organisations across industry, sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise.

Since its launch in 2014, the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre has had an impressive impact, supporting projects and bringing new products and services to market. We are excited to be working together in the coming years to deliver real transformation, which will benefit not only the construction sector, but the environment and society more widely.”

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre CEO, Stephen Good said:

CSIC are delighted to be partnering with the Construction Innovation Hub to deliver the ambitious Transforming Construction programme across the UK. Scottish businesses and universities have embraced CSIC’s innovation programme over the past 5 years and the opportunity to scale the impact of this further through close collaboration with the Construction Innovation Hub is clear. We look forward to launching this partnership with some really exciting initial projects.”



About the CSIC

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) supports Scotland’s construction related businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow by matching innovation requirements with business support and academic specialists. Focusing on innovation support around Business models, Products, Processes and Service models, CSIC offers advice, funding, facilitation and access to cutting edge equipment and expertise, improving Scotland’s global competitiveness and delivering social, environmental and economic impact. CSIC facilitates collaboration with Scottish businesses, academia (through 13 partner universities) and public sector organisations, enabling projects to benefit from Scotland’s world renowned skills and expertise in areas such as BIM, Advanced Materials, Automation and Robotics, Low Carbon Solutions, Virtual and Augmented Reality and Smart Cities.

About the Construction Innovation Hub

The Construction Innovation Hub brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE (Building Research Establishment) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to transform the UK construction industry.

With £72 million from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, we will change the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment.

We will be a catalyst for change. We will drive collaboration to develop, commercialise and promote digital and manufacturing technologies for the construction sector. Research will help us understand how the industry can progress to develop new skills, product standards, capabilities and innovative solutions. This will be combined with an academic programme to create the security-minded frameworks and rules that will underpin our future digital built environment and grow exports for UK know-how.

About the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund brings together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. It provides funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It plays a central role in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation, which comprises the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

About UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation.

About the MTC

The MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) is established to provide innovative manufacturing processes and technologies in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. The MTC houses some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, creating a high quality environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale. This provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to develop new and innovative processes and technologies.

About BRE

BRE is a world leading, multi-disciplinary, building science centre with a mission to improve buildings and infrastructure. BRE generates new knowledge through independent research and uses this to underpin the delivery of standards, testing, certification and qualifications that help to ensure buildings, homes and communities are safe, efficient, productive, sustainable and enjoyable places to be. BRE customers use the organisation’s expertise and services to deliver their social, environmental and economic goals.

About the CDBB

The CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain) is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge. It seeks to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, integrate the built environment. A digital built Britain will:

  • understand what information is needed to enable better through life economic, social and environmental value from our built environment;
  • champion human-centric design of infrastructure and the services they deliver;
  • exploit new and emerging digital construction and manufacturing skills and technology to reduce costs and increase productivity;
  • grow new career, business and export opportunities for the UK.